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Few Syrian refugee and Lebanese women participate in the labour force in Lebanon, often due to critical gender barriers: housework and childcare obligations. This is particularly true for low-income women, who participate in economic activities at lower rates than men and are often unable to afford home help. Inadequate or absent childcare services contribute to women’s economic inactivity and serve as barriers that limit women’s mobility.
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Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 brings together human rights and economic policymaking, and provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda that can transform economies and make women’s rights a reality. Through solid in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all
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Within the framework of the Regional Programme for the Economic and Political Empowerment of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Region, the European Commission and UN Women organized an international conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on 5 and 6 November 2014. The conference brought together female parliamentarians from the Arab States region and members of the European Parliament and was hosted by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament.